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a Stranger Comes…
Karen S. Bell
Readers’ Favorite Bronze Medal Winner!
PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER FOR FANS OF KING AND
price would you pay for success?
lightning bolt out-of the blue, on an otherwise sunny afternoon,
transports author Alexa Wainwright to an alternate universe where the
characters from her novels are given the breadth of life. Having just
made a vow that she would do whatever it took to once again achieve
the international acclaim of her debut novel, Alexa doesn’t realize
how ominously that vow would be tested. In this altered reality,
she’s introduced to media mogul King Blakemore who offers her an
extremely lucrative book contract with guarantees that her work will
become a best-selling blockbuster. Given his appearance, odd
mannerisms, and aura of evil Alexa wonders if King Blakemore might be
the Devil himself.
about this peculiar publisher and very lucrative book deal offer
because the temptation of riches and refound fame is too
strong. Suddenly, the contract’s been signed. Now what can she
do? Alexa realizes she’s trapped in an underworld of evil from
which she desperately wants to escape. Her iron-clad book contract
changes its wording whenever she thinks of a loophole and King always
seems one step ahead of her. Desperate to get her life back, she
devises schemes to untether herself from this hellish existence to no
avail. She laments the old adage, Be careful what you wish
this book if you’re a reader who loves a page-turning,
heart-stopping, psychological thriller with some magical realism
get so much satisfaction in the writing process. I take care to
choose just the right word, to make sure each sentence has the right
cadence. I appreciate other writers who respect the craft in this
way, and I hope my readers do so with me. Writing is a need, a desire
for expression, and springs from well within my subconscious mind.
Thoughts rise up, scenes rise up and blend in with the over-arching
story. These thoughts emerge whenever they want to and wherever I am
and probably not when I am at the computer. The computer is for the
craft, the technique. The thoughts come during walks, or while
driving the car, or at the grocery store. I am the willing recipient
of these thoughts and so they seek me out. It’s a mystery this
business and art of writing and it keeps me enthralled.
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Death Do Us Party
Liv and Di in Dixie Mystery #4
Vegas knows how to party, and for once, event planner Liv McKay wonâ€™t
be entirely behind the scenes. The Dixie gang is in Sin City to
celebrate Mama and Earlâ€™s rockinâ€™ Elvis-themed wedding. And
between juggling the botched bachelorette party and a problem-plagued
soirÃ©e back home, Livâ€™s ready to double down on some fun.Â
& Earlâ€™s happily-ever-after seems like a sure thing, but all
bets (and nuptials) are off when they get to the Burning Love Wedding
Chapel. Their Elvis-impersonating minister has left the building . .
. permanently. And even worse, Livâ€™s cousin, Little Junior, is
suspected of his murder.
Mamaâ€™s happy ending on the table and Little Junior about to lose it
all, the stakes are higher than ever. Liv and her best friend, Di,
must hit the Strip to find the real killer before he finally plays
energy, dead bodies and exposed lies. . . . A must read.”
4 Stars, onÂ Death
Crashes the Party
wonderful cozy mystery.â€
MagazineÂ onÂ Itâ€™s
Your Party, Die If You Want To
should welcome this look at a very Southern lifestyle, complete with
appended party plans.â€
ReviewsÂ onÂ One
Fete in the Grave
FeeÂ is a past president of the Malice in Memphis chapter of
Sisters in Crime and current member of the Wisconsin Sisters in
Crime. She has a degree in journalism and spent many years as a
newspaper reporter, covering small Southern towns populated with
colorful characters, much like those in the fictional town of Dixie.
She now lives in Michiganâ€™s Upper Peninsula with her husband, John.
She grew up in the South on a steady diet of Nancy Drew and iced tea,
and when sheâ€™s not writing, Vickie enjoys reading mysteries and
watching B movies from the 1930s and â€˜40s.
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GRIPPING, SUSPENSEFUL THRILLER
a psychologist, still grieving the loss of her husband, save a
traumatized war veteran who is planning his own death?Â Stories
the devastation of loss, the struggle to find meaning in life, and
the enduring power of love that transcends boundaries between past
both strong and fearless, determined, relentless.Â
decorated war veteran and he wants to die.Â
prominent psychologist and she wonâ€™t give up on him.
a suicidal client seeks her help,Â Dr.
Angela BlackwellÂ cannot
turn him away, despite the fact that he isnâ€™t seeking the kind of
help she normally provides her clients. The man, who wonâ€™t fully
identify himself, wants the distinguished psychologist to stand
witness after his planned death in six monthsâ€™ time, ensuring his
wife will not be charged as an accessory or be hindered from
collecting the death benefit he carefully provisioned for her. He
calls himself DJ and wonâ€™t willingly share anything about his
Dr. Blackwell is struggling to reconstruct her own life after the
loss of her husband, she recognizes his unusual request as a
subconscious cry for help and embarks on a relentless effort to guide
the reluctant stranger in uncovering the trauma that has permanently
altered the course of his existence. Playing a deck of cards stacked
high against her and rushing against time, she has no other option
but to intervene, pushing the ethical boundaries of the doctor-client
relationship and refusing to give up.
astonishing, vibrant story of human strength and frailty, of love
lost and love found, theÂ Stories
will captivate as few stories ever do, with unexpected twists and
turns, leaving a lasting memory ingrained into the essence of the
Readers Say AboutÂ Leslie
â€œLeslie Wolfe has the talent that is comparable to the likes of a
Tom Clancy or a Michael Crichton, or even James Patterson.â€ –
â€œWolfe keeps readers turning the pages…â€ – Kirkus ReviewsÂ
â€œLeslie Wolfe knows how to blend advanced technological data with
powerfully written human behavior responses and the result is a novel
that few will want to put down once the story begins.â€ — Grady
“Verdict: A phenomenal novel that will keep you on the edge of
your seat. I highly recommend it!” — KWNY PublicityÂ
and Critics Talking AboutÂ Leslie
â€œLeslie Wolfe is now very much on my list of MUST READ AUTHORS and
I can’t wait for the next book to be releasedâ€Â
â€œCharacters you really can bond with and want to read more about.
Too real and plausible not to keep you reading far too long after bed
â€œNow this was a real smoker, really kept it moving, very well
written. Guess I better find out if my wife is talking to me.â€Â
â€œLeslie Wolfe just gets better and better.â€Â
â€œThis story has one of the best plots Iâ€™ve read in a long
â€œFrom the beginning to the last page her novel manages to keep
readerâ€™s attention, delivering intrigue, thrill and suspense.â€Â
â€œAn impressive amount of suspense throughout.â€Â
â€œAs soon as I picked it up, I couldnâ€™t put it down! Full of
suspense and keeps you at the edge of your seat. I loved it!â€Â
â€œAs a long-time fan of Tom Clancy’s early works and Dan Brown’s
techno-thrillers, it makes me proud to see a woman stepping so
confidently into this male-dominated arena. Well done, Leslie.â€Â
author Leslie Wolfe is passionate about writing fiction, despite
spending a significant number of years climbing the corporate ladder.
Leaving the coveted world of boardrooms for the blissful peace of the
Florida-based “Wolvesâ€™ den,” Leslie answers one true
novels break the mold of traditional thrillers. Fascinated by
technology and psychology, Leslie brings extensive background and
research in these fields that empower and add texture to a signature,
multi-dimensional, engaging writing style.
released the first novel, Executive,
in October 2011. It was very well received, including inquiries from
Hollywood. Since then, Leslie published numerous novels and enjoyed
growing success and recognition in the marketplace. Among Leslieâ€™s
most notable works, The Watson Girl
(2017) was recognized for offering a unique insight into the mind of
a serial killer and a rarely seen first person account of his
actions, in a dramatic and intense procedural thriller.
complete list of Leslieâ€™s titles is available at
enjoys engaging with readers every day and would love to hear from
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Â Â Â Jan would rather write than eat or sleep, which is handy for authorsâ€”not so much for husbands. Her research as a nutritionist inspired an unusual murder weapon for Heir of Deceit. Favorite writing moment: meeting famous moonshiner Popcorn Sutton while during research in Asheville, North Carolina for Heir of Deceit. She has won national contests for her comedic poetry on subjects such as Black Friday and her messy kitchen. Some are included in her humor book My Word, Thatâ€™s Absurd! along with her prize-winning childrenâ€™s story, Miss Mousie and Mrs. McGreggorâ€™s Closet.
Janâ€™s quirky sense of humor could classify her as eccentric, but she prefers the term â€œcrazy.â€ She is the author of two novels, Heir of Deceit and Impressions of Innocence and a non-fiction humor book, My Word, Thatâ€™s Absurd! Sheâ€™s going nuts deciding which of seven book ideas she wants to work on next.
She loves cactus flowers, road runners, horned toads (and people). She enjoys cooking, teaching, and learning. The day she stops learning will be the day she stops breathing. She and her husband are the parents of six children.
Jan wrote for a local newspaper at age 11. She worked for her high school and college journalism departments, and as a case worker, tobacco prevention coordinator, and nutritionist. In addition, she has taught religion classes to high school students for more than 31 years as a volunteer.
Visit her web site at: http://janmar916.wix.com/janmmartin
P.S. If you enjoy her books, sheâ€™ll love you forever if you leave a 5-star review on Amazon about them.
Praise for Heir of Deceit: “A plot that is full of questions to keep readers turning pages–secrets, lies and drama. Good Stuff!” –Bethany Miller Cole (writing as Bethany Michaels) Judge at Romance Writers of America
“This is part love story, part genealogical mystery, a little bit about redemption and quite a lot of fun for the reader.” –Jonesy, Amazon Reviewer
“A love story that . . . offers a satisfying mix of intrigue and idealistic love.” –Kirkus
“It’s captivating and it really keeps you guessing.” –Lord of the Books Reviews
On the eve of her wedding, Lacey uncovers a problem too large for love to conquer: a family curse which causes the women to kill the men they love, and puts her fiancÃ©, Evs, in danger. Lacey vows to uncover the secrets of her lineage, even if it requires her ultimate sacrifice–the loss of her marriage to her beloved Evs.
Her search leads to the Smoky Mountain backwoods, where the shotgun is more respected than the law, and family may not be what is expected. HEIR OF DECEIT is set in an area, where, even today, hands of tobacco are used as currency, and moonshine stills explode.
Heir of Deceit is a clean Romantic Mystery suitable for teens and adults.
But this beating drum in my chest wonâ€™t stop what it feels. Are you theÂ sacrifice I must give for a strong and proud people?â€
wife at the peril of his life, I will honor your wishes, and my promise to you.
However long it takes, I promise you.â€